September 21, 2022

The obscure poker game around Robert Lewandowski continues

Robert Lewandowski’s future remains an obscure game of poker. As Bayern continue to insist on a minimum transfer fee of €50m, the 33-year-old Pole is due to report for his first day at work in Munich on Tuesday.

After the usual medical checks, the striker’s first training session is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Bavarians claim they haven’t received a suitable offer from FC Barcelona but the media are expecting a late but convincing new offer currently being prepared by Barca.

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The Pole and his management speak of an unpleasant situation as the striker says he is extremely disappointed at not being allowed to leave after scoring a flurry of goals over the past few years, Xinhua reports.

His management have denied considering going on strike while Bayern bosses have made it clear they don’t want manager Julian Nagelsmann to deal with a disgruntled player.

Meanwhile, the club are rumored to be considering England international Harry Kane for 2023. The 28-year-old striker’s contract at Tottenham Hotspur expires in 2024.

While a potential Kane transfer seems distant at present, rumors are increasing the pressure on Lewandowski and his entourage.

According to media reports, fans and teammates are annoyed by what many are calling an unworthy tussle. The players said anonymously that working with the Pole in the 2022-23 season would be almost unimaginable if the player didn’t commit.

Reports speak of Barcelona handing in an offer of up to €40m plus bonuses, without receiving a response from Bayern president Oliver Kahn.

Internal reports speak of Bayern wanting to make a sign as the club are unwilling to blackmail. Moreover, the reigning German champions are happy with the additional income to cover the proposed transfer of Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt.

Negotiations with Juventus are reportedly close to the finish line as Bayern continue to search for a striking replacement for the upcoming season.

As Bayern take off on a promotional tour of the United States until July 24, the club are hoping to find solutions to their unresolved cases. Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is reportedly traveling to Italy on Monday for final talks with Juve.

Omar Richards and Marc Roca have left, while other fringe players are expected to leave shortly. The club recently signed former Liverpool star Sadio Mane, as well as midfielder Ryan Gravenberch and full-back Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax.

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